Weekend Wisdom

HWW: Poem By A Founding Father


For today’s Historical Weekend Wisdom I’ve selected a poem by Samuel Adams, one of our founding fathers. He was elected to the Massachusetts General Assembly in 1765 where he served as clerk for years and was the first to propose a Continental Congress. He is one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He was not know for his ability as a brewer.


The Divine Source of Liberty

All temporal power is of God,
And the magistratal, His institution, laud,
To but advance creaturely happiness aubaud:
Let us then affirm the Source of Liberty.

Ever agreeable to the nature and will,
Of the Supreme and Guardian of all yet still
Employed for our rights and freedom’s thrill:
Thus proves the only Source of Liberty.

Though our civil joy is surely expressed
Through hearth, and home, and church manifest,
Yet this too shall be a nation’s true test:
To acknowledge the divine Source of Liberty.

Samuel Adams – Founding Father and Cousin to We The People’s 2nd President, John Adams (poem from Discover Poetry)

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while managing call center teams, co-facilitating a grief support group, and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com